July 18, 2007

National survey of hospitals soon

Concerned over the deplorable condition of hospitals, especially those catering to pregnant women, government is planning to carry out a national survey of hospitals to find out how they are functioning and upgrade the facilities. “We are planning to carry out a national hospital survey, especially of 100-bedded hospitals in the country. Some of these hospitals are in a deplorable condition,” Union health minister Mr Anbumani Ramadoss said today. He said in some of the hospitals mother and her new-born child are found lying outside the ward because of space constraint. “A 50-bedded hospital carries out 200 to 300 deliveries. The survey will help us find out how they are functioning. The information will help us upgrade the facilities and to expand them,” he said.

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